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crookthumb April 24th, 2008 09:48 AM

Trails Checklist
I am fairly new to four wheeling and haven't tried out many trails. Most of what I have done is in Eastern Idaho near the Tetons and Rexburg area nothing very technical, Moab once but was by myself and didn't want to venture too far out.

I was wanting to find more about favorite trails. Get details like, how technical? What is the best time of year as far as weather or to avoid crowds? How long to plan/prep to enjoy the trail or destination? Not wanting a top ten list, but maybe a checklist of trails and maybe events to do before you die type of idea.

Scott Brady April 24th, 2008 11:09 AM

Backcountry Adventures, by Massey and Wilson and is available for most western states.

montanablur April 24th, 2008 11:27 PM

My top 5 that I have done... Not all that tech...

1. Elephant Hill Into The Needles District - Canyonlands N.P.
2. Imogene Pass -Black Bear Pass - Colorado
3. The Dollhouse - Canyonlands
4. Skutumpah Rd. - Utah
5. The White Rim Trail - weird another Utah

Scott Brady April 25th, 2008 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by montanablur
weird another Utah

Not weird...

Utah is the mecca of overland travel in the US

The Beef Basin, Needles, Elephant Hill is my favorite too

Additional overland trails are

1. El Camino Del Diablo: AZ
2. Mojave Road: CA

crookthumb April 26th, 2008 07:46 PM

When I lived in Rexburg, I use to go dirtbiking every April in Caineville, UT, near Capitol Reef NP. It takes about an hour to get to Moab from there, just because you have to go north to Green River then south to Moab. The temperature is the way I like it chilly mornings and nice afternoons.

What time of year is best for Moab, when it isn't overcrowded? I know not to go around Easter. What is a good amount of time to plan to spend?

crookthumb April 26th, 2008 08:15 PM


White Rim looks nice.

I wasn't able to get any trail time when I was in Moab from a damaged timing belt and rotten hose.

Skyler Neibaur

Scott Brady April 27th, 2008 09:23 PM

Sorry to hear about the belt and hose.

The White Rim is stunning.

There is almost no real 4wd challenge, which is good because the views and scenery (and even Big Horn Sheep) are way too distracting.

Spring is the time to go to the high deserts of Utah... Flowers are blooming, dust is minimal, temps are perfect.

crookthumb April 29th, 2008 08:00 PM

So far my checklist of trails/events that I really would llike to do starts with
-Continental Divide
-I would like to see part of the Baja 1000 or find a way to volunteer on a team.
-Dakar, if I am ever lucky.
It will continue to grow.

I think as far as time that will be needed for the different areas will be about
5 days for the Continental Divide
Moab will vary depending on how many trails I would want to explore.
I really don't know how long it takes to travel the Rubicon Trail.

If anyone has done these or others about how long would you suggest to set aside to complete and not feel rushed or allow for repairs when necessary.

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